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(a) For purposes of this section, an “individual with a disability” is an individual who has one or more of the following that would substantially impair the ability to defend oneself:
(1) A physical or mental disability, such as a decreased use of arms or legs, blindness, deafness, intellectual disability, or mental illness.
(2) An infirmity.
(b) to (d) Repealed by Session Laws 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 767, § 31, eff. Oct. 1, 1994.
(e) Unless the conduct is covered under some other provision of law providing greater punishment, any person who commits any aggravated assault or assault and battery on an individual with a disability is guilty of a Class F felony. A person commits an aggravated assault or assault and battery upon an individual with a disability if, in the course of the assault or assault and battery, that person does any of the following:
(1) Uses a deadly weapon or other means of force likely to inflict serious injury or serious damage to an individual with a disability.
(2) Inflicts serious injury or serious damage to an individual with a disability.
(3) Intends to kill an individual with a disability.
(f) Any person who commits a simple assault or battery upon an individual with a disability is guilty of a Class A1 misdemeanor.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 14. Criminal Law § 14-32.1. Assaults on individuals with a disability; punishments - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nc/chapter-14-criminal-law/nc-gen-st-sect-14-32-1.html
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